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Great F-35 and super nukes: Trump lauds US weapons signing $716bn military bill

13 August, 2018 - 23:27

Preview In a speech before signing the $716 billion Pentagon funding bill, President Donald Trump praised the US military and the “finest” weapons anywhere in the world, but made no references to his critic after whom the bill was named.
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Amnesty vows “full & independent external inquiries” into 2 staff suicides in recent months

13 August, 2018 - 23:08

Preview Amnesty International has promised independent external inquiries into the suicides of two of its employees in the past three months. In a farewell note, one of the victims said he did not get the help he’d wanted from the NGO.
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Five drones downed by Russian military near Khmeimim Air Base in Syria as UAV attacks increase

13 August, 2018 - 22:30

Preview Five more drones have been shot down by Russia’s Air Defense units near Khmeimim Air Base in Syria in the last 24 hours, the military confirmed. Drone attacks by militants have intensified in recent weeks.
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Uganda president attacked, MP's guard shot dead ahead of bye-election

13 August, 2018 - 21:40

A senior press secretary to Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said on Monday evening that the president’s car came under attack by opposition supporters in the town of Arua, where a bye-election is to hold on Wednesday.

Phtos shared by Don Wanyama showed that the rear mirror of the president’s Toyota V8 had been smashed in the attack. He did not comment whether the president was hurt or not.

President KagutaMuseveni car that was hit by opposition supporters this evening in Arua town. The police will issue a statement on this incident shortly. nbstv newvisionwire DenisNabz FrankTumwebazek mollykamukama JustineLumumba pic.twitter.com/qlT9jwePJ0

— Don Wanyama (nyamadon) August 13, 2018

The information came barely an hour after a popular lawmaker, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine, posted on Twitter that police had attempted to kill him.

“Police have shot my driver dead thinking they’ve shot at me. My hotel is now cordoned off by police and SFC,” he wrote on Twitter with a photo of his driver slumped in the front seat.

Local media portals are reporting that Bobi Wine has been taken into police custody along with a fellow lawmaker.

Bobi Wine, an opposition lawmaker, was reportedly supporting independent candidate Kassiano Wadri. President Museveni was also in Arua campaigning for the ruling National Resistance Movement’s Nusura Tiperu.

The driver of HEBobiwine has been shot dead in Arua. Kawooya Yasin was killed in a cross fire that characterized the end of the campaigns for Arua Municipality seat where Kyagulanyi was campaigning for Kassiano Wadri. #NBSLiveAt9 #NBSUpdates #NBSFocusOnArua

— NBS Television (nbstv) August 13, 2018

‘Non-negotiable’: Iran unveils next-gen homegrown ballistic missile

13 August, 2018 - 21:34

Preview Amid renewed tensions with the US, Iran has unveiled the next generation of its homegrown ‘Fateh’ short-range ballistic missile on Monday, claiming that it’s capable of evading radars and hitting targets with pinpoint accuracy.
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Liberal Jewish-American reporter detained & questioned in Israel about his political beliefs

13 August, 2018 - 21:22

Preview Liberal Jewish-American journalist Peter Beinart says he won’t accept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apology to him for being detained and questioned about his political beliefs at an Israeli airport.

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Trump feuds with former ‘apprentice’ Omarosa in White House drama fit for reality TV

13 August, 2018 - 21:10

Preview Donald Trump has taken time out of his busy presidential schedule to tweet insults at ex-White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, amid a rapidly-escalating feud between the two estranged reality television prima donnas.
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4 hospitalized as women’s football match descends into chaotic brawl in Argentina (VIDEO)

13 August, 2018 - 20:43

Preview The football match between Argentina’s Universitario and Libertad turned ugly as several players required medical attention after a brawl erupted following the sending off of a coach who protested a referee’s decision.
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‘This state and constitution aren't made for us’: RT doco follows African-American activists

13 August, 2018 - 20:37

Preview With racial tensions in the USA back in the spotlight over the last few years, a gripping new RT documentary series visits African-American communities and the activists fighting against a history of racial injustice and poverty.
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Karl Marx ‘zero-euro’ bill becomes German souvenir hit with 100k sold

13 August, 2018 - 20:00

Preview A cheeky ‘zero-euro’ bill, issued by a German tourism agency to commemorate the bicentenary of Karl Marx’s birth, has become a runaway success, with more than 100,000 wealth re-distributing purchases on record.

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Mo Salah is yet again praised by fans for a class act

13 August, 2018 - 19:58

Preview Liverpool football star Mohamed Salah has made the headlines again after he hugged a young pitch invader during Sunday’s Premier League opener, but that wasn't the first time the Egyptian has been praised by the fans.
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Scientists capture the speed of death as it rages through a cell

13 August, 2018 - 19:47

Preview For the first time ever, scientists have witnessed death itself moving through a cell and have measured its speed. The revolutionary finding could hold potential for the future treatment of cancer and Alzheimer's disease.


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Drastic falls & nosebleed victories of inaugural multi-sport European championship (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

13 August, 2018 - 19:27

Preview The first ever European multi-sport championship concluded on Sunday with some of the athletes leaving the tournament in total frustration after their gold medals chances were destroyed by unexpected falls and failures.
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Ethiopia's Liyu police blamed for deadly attacks in Oromia region

13 August, 2018 - 19:23

The death of about 40 people in Ethiopia’s Oromia region at the weekend is being blamed on the Liyu Police, regional paramilitary force that belongs to the adjoining Somali regional state.

Local media portals including the trusted Addis Standard portal said the deadly attack by the Liyu Police took place in three seperate localities in Oromia’s East Haharghe Zone.

Negeri Lencho, spokesman for the Oromia state administration confirmed the attack and also pointed to the Liyu police: “The victims were all ethnic Oromos. The perpetrators were members of a paramilitary force.”

Addis Standard’s report detailed the circumstances and periods the attacks took place. It went further to cite corresponding news reports from the BBC’s Afaan Oromo service and of medical personnel handling some of the wounded persons.

The report quotes an official of the locality (Mayu Muluke) worst affected by the violence as putting the death toll at 37 with over 44 others having sustained varied degrees of injury.

The report added that a Mayu Muluke town police officer by name Mohammed Aliyi said the attack was a military assault by members of Ethiopia’s controversial Liyu Police “for reasons we are not clear with yet.”

Before Negeri Lencho’s confirmation of the attack, Oromia region’s justice bureau communication head, Taye Dendea had confirmed the incident via his Facebook page on Sunday. At the time he reported that 31 people had been killed, of whom five were women. Children and the elderly were among the victims.

Oromia officials stressed however that they were doing all it takes to restore security and to bring a lasting solution. The two regional states – Oromia and Somali – share a common border which spans several kilometers.

Ethnically motivated clashes have often led to deaths and massive displacements on both sides. The Liyu police under the command of the Somali region have been blamed for cross border raids whiles militias from the Oromia side have also acted in same measure as retaliation.

The Liyu police made the news last week when their former leader and president of the Somali regional state, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, was forced to resign amid a standoff between regional and federal forces.

News went around that government was to disarm the unit but late in the week, it was said that federal forces were to team up with the Liyu police to restore peace to the Somali regional capital Jijiga and other parts of the state.

Cities of angels? 5 metropolises that could soon be killed by Mother Nature

13 August, 2018 - 19:11

Preview They may seem like impressive monuments to humanity’s control over Mother Nature but did you know that many of the world’s biggest and most famous cities are sinking into the sea?
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Forever young? Science may be a step closer to halting ageing process

13 August, 2018 - 19:04

Preview Eternal youth - Oscar Wilde’s fictional character Dorian Gray sold his soul to the devil for it, others splash cash on creams and some choose a nip and tuck. But science may now be on course to halt the ageing process.
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New Source of Non-Cannabis, Non-Hemp Derived CBD Discovered

13 August, 2018 - 18:48

By Alex Pietrowski The explosion of interest in the medical benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) have followed the greater acceptance of cannabis and hemp. While the CBD industry grows at record pace, a...

‘More data, more profit’: Google tracks your location even when you ask it not to, says report

13 August, 2018 - 18:44

Preview If you’ve ever suspected that Google is watching your every move even when you explicitly tell it not to, a new investigation has vindicated your suspicions by proving just that.
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'Propaganda never takes time off': Putin 'hunts tigers' during his holidays, French TV claims

13 August, 2018 - 18:38

Preview We’re all used to the media gasping for air when they see Putin fishing or doing the butterfly stroke in a Siberian lake, but the French must have thought: well, if he does that, he probably hunts tigers, too, right?
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Pics of the day, August 13, 2018

13 August, 2018 - 18:26

Africanews samples the pictures of the day’s news.